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    The Alley Mill will be undergoing renovations much of summer of 2014. It will be open daily through Aug 17 and then only on weekends after that. There will be fencing around the Mill which will prevent close access. More »


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June 27, 2014
Alley Spring Independence Day Celebration July 5
Alley Spring Independence Day celebration will be July 5, 2014.

April 16, 2014
Alley Spring to Host Junior Ranger Day May 9
A fun and educational event for children will be held at Alley on May 09, 2014.

March 25, 2014
Paving to Resume in Big Spring Area
Paving work will be ongoing around Big Spring. The campground will be open by Memorial Day weekend.

March 06, 2014
Alley Mill Gets a Check Up
Historic preservation experts are giving Alley Mill a close inspection.

February 21, 2014
Ozark Riverways Plans to Conduct Controlled Burns This Spring
Prescribed fires to be held this spring.

February 06, 2014
Owl Prowl to be held at Alley February 13
A winter night hike in search of owl will be held Thursday February 13, 2014 at Alley.

January 07, 2014
Ozark Riverways Reschedules Public Meetings Due to Weather
Ozark Riverways reschedules public meetings due to inclement weather.

January 07, 2014
ozark riverways postpones meetings
Due to the inclement weather, Ozark Riverways has postponed the public meetings for the Draft General Management Plan.

December 09, 2013
Ozark Riverways Reschedules Meetings
Ozark Riverways Reschedules Public Meetings

December 04, 2013
Celebrate an Old Fashioned Christmas and Open House at Alley Spring Mill and General Store
Celebrate an Old Fashioned Christmas and Open House at Alley Spring Mill and General Store

December 03, 2013
Managed Archery Deer Hunt Will Close Big Spring Area for Visitor Safety
Big Spring Area will be closed due to Archery hunt

November 27, 2013
Ozark Riverways Invites All to Attend Public Meetings
Ozark Riverways Invites All to Attend Public Meetings.

November 25, 2013
Wounded Warrior Hunt a Great Success
Ozark Riverways special "Wounded Warriors" hunt for disbaled veterans was a big success.

November 14, 2013
Ozark Riverways Provides Clarification on Draft General Management Plan
Ozark Riverways Provides Clarification on Draft General Management Plan in regard to gravel bar camping and other matters.

October 28, 2013
Rescheduled Wounded Warrior Deer Hunt Will Close Big Spring Area for Visitor Safety
Rescheduled Wounded Warrior Deer Hunt Will Close Big Spring Area for Visitor Safety on November 9 & 10th, 2013

October 25, 2013
Ozark Riverways Announces Proposed Camping Rate Increases
Ozark Riverways considers rate increase for campgrounds.

October 17, 2013
Ozark National Scenic Riverways Reopens to Visitors
Ozark Riverways now re-opened.

October 01, 2013
Shannon County Home to Be Shown at Timbercreek Cinema
Shannon County Home movie to be shown October 20 at Timber Creek Cinema.

September 30, 2013
Alley Mill Porch Reopens After Repairs
The porch behind Alley Mill has been temporarily repaired.

September 13, 2013
Local Volunteers Open Gooseneck Campground
Local Volunteers Open Gooseneck Campground

September 09, 2013
The Ozark Heritage Project Volunteers to Present Haunting in the Hills Event at Alley Spring
The Ozark Heritage Project Volunteers to Present Haunting in the Hills Event at Alley Spring

September 09, 2013
Ozark National Scenic Riverways Offering Wounded Warrior Deer Hunt at Big Spring
Ozark National Scenic Riverways Offering Wounded Warrior Deer Hunt at Big Spring

August 07, 2013
Ozark National Scenic Riverways Announces The Issuance Of A Concession Prospectus
The National Park Service intends to issue a concession prospectus on August 7, 2013, for Canoe and Tube Rentals with Shuttle Service, Ferry Operation, Camp Store and Retail Merchandise, and Firewood Sales at Akers.

August 06, 2013
Ozark National Scenic Riverways Offers Two Managed Deer Hunts at Big Spring
In order to improve the overall health of the Big Spring deer herd, two special managed deer hunts will be conducted in October and December 2013 at Big Spring.

July 29, 2013
Ozark National Scenic Riverways Offers Old Time School Day at Alley Spring
Ozark National Scenic Riverways offers old time school day at Alley Spring.

July 23, 2013
Ozark National Scenic Riverways Seeks Public Input Regarding the Proposed Current River Trail
Ozark National Scenic Riverways Seeks Public Input Regarding the Proposed Current River Trail

July 03, 2013
Local Volunteers Re-Open Campground
Local volunteers help re-open Rymers Campground

July 02, 2013
Alley Mill Porch Closed for Repairs
Alley Mill back porch is closed pending repair.

June 14, 2013
Ozark Riverways Employees Recognized for Service
Employees receive recognition for time in service.

June 06, 2013
ONSR Re-opens Alley and Big Spring Campgrounds
Alley and Big Spring Campgrounds re-opened after flood.

June 01, 2013
Flooding Closes Some Areas of Ozark Riverways
Flooding closes some park facilities.

May 24, 2013
ONSR Re-opens Big Spring Campground
ONSR Re-opens Big Spring Campground

May 21, 2013
Ozark National Scenic Riverways Receives Ticket to Ride Grant from National Park Foundation
ONSR recieves a genrous grant to bring underserved children to the park.

May 03, 2013
Ozark National Scenic Riverways Announces Spring Facilities Open
Ozark National Scenic Riverways Announces Spring Facilities Open

April 23, 2013
Paving Will Limit Access at Round Spring and Alley
Paving will restrict some access at Alley and Round Spring. Campers can still camp, but may have to work around paving equipment.

April 18, 2013
Ozark Riverways Implements Budget Cuts
Budget cuts are being implemented.

April 16, 2013
Devils Well Reopened
Devils Well staircase reopened.

March 22, 2013
Ozark National Scenic Riverways Seeks Public Input Regarding Akers Concession Land Assignment
Ozark National Scenic Riverways Seeks Public Input Regarding Akers Concession Land Assignment

March 01, 2013
Ozark Riverways Recognizes Employees
Superintendent Bill Black presents an award to Peggy Tarrence and Bill O'Donnell for ten years of service on the park's Safety Committee.

March 01, 2013
Ozark National Scenic Riverways Plans Budget Cuts to Park Operations
Park plans budget cuts.

February 28, 2013
New Civil War Exhibit at Ozark National Scenic Riverways
New Civil War Exhibit at Ozark National Scenic Riverways located in the Headquarters Lobby will help visitors understand the role of the local area in the Civil War.

February 22, 2013
Big Spring Campground Closed for Road Repairs this Spring
Big Spring Campground will be closed from March 4 to May 23 while work is done to replace a culvert across the road. Access to the spring, the lodge, cabins and boat ramps will not be affected.

February 14, 2013
Owl Prowl at Alley
Owl Prowl to be held at Alley on February 23, 2013, at 5:30.

February 05, 2013
Tracking River Smallmouth
Tracking River Smallmouth Biologists use telemetry to learn more about Smallmouth bass

January 18, 2013
Ozark Riverways Plans to Conduct Prescribed Burns
Prescribed fire planned for Booming Shoals area of park.

January 14, 2013

Owl Prowl to be held at Alley General Store on January 25 at 5:30 pm. Join us for a nighttime walk in the woods to learn about, and if we're lucky, maybe even see, owls. Details.

December 17, 2012

Van Buren Third Graders enjoy an Old Fashioned Christmas. The Van Buren third grade visited park headquarters for music, cookies and a visit from Santa. Details.

November 28, 2012

Old Fashioned Christmas to be held at Alley General Store, December 8 from 10:00 to 1:00 pm. Join us for holiday cheer and try your hand at making a traditional homemade ornament for your tree. Free. Details.

October 22, 2012

Re-enactment of Civil War Camp Lincoln to be held at Big Spring November 2 -3 . Free! Details.

October 5, 2012

Former Park Employee Sentenced for Video Voyeurism. Details.

October 1, 2012

Haunting in the Hills to be held at Alley, October 13. Enjoy music, storytelling, traditional craft demonstrations and more! (Press photos available on multimedia page.) Details.

September 18, 2012

Ozark National Scenic Riverways and the Ozark Natural and Cultural Resource Center host Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War Exhibit. Details.

August 29, 2012

Seasonal Access Available at Sinking Creek. New access for trappers and giggers established. Details.

August 28, 2012

Local students' butterfly found in Mexico. Students tag monarch butterflies to track their migration. Details.

July 20, 2012

Join us for Songs of the Ozarks Outdoors with local songwriter Jamin Bray. Friday August 3 at 8:30 at Round Spring. Free. Details.

July 20, 2012

An Ozark Dinner Theater will be held on July 28 at Big Spring from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Enjoy Buzzard Run Bluegrass and Country Fire Cloggers while dining on fine catfish. No charge for admission, but there is a fee for dinner. Details.

July 9, 2012

Junior Geologist Day to be held at Rocky Falls, July 17, 9:00 - 12:00pm. Kids can join a ranger to learn about the fascinating two billion year old story of Rocky Falls. Details.

July 7, 2012

Canoe and Kayak Clinic to be held at Round Spring, July 20, 27 and August 3. Details.

July 3, 2012

Ozark Riverways issues burn ban for all areas, including campgrounds. Camp stoves and closed charcoal grill okay. Details.

June 28, 2012

Alley to host Independence Day Celebration July 7 with square dancing, music by the Baker Family and free watermelon and lemonade. Details.

June 28, 2012

June edition of the Riverways Record

June 26, 2012

ONSR Announces Rehabilitation of Hickory Boat Launch. Details.

June 15, 2012

Student art contest to commemorate the Emancipation Proclamation. Details.

June 8, 2012

Clara Wooden to serve as temporary superintendent. Details.

May 30, 2012

Heritage Days to be held June 9 at Big Spring. Details.

May 17

Thanking America's Armed Forces, Free Park Pass Offered to Active Duty Personnel. Details.

May 17

Bill Black selected as new Ozark NSR superintendent. Details.

May 17, 2012

Raftyard re-opens after stairway construction. Details.

May 7, 2012

Agricultural permits available. Details.

May 7, 2012

Round Spring Campground re-Opens after paving. Details.

April 17, 2012

National Park Foundation launches "Ticket to Ride" Ozark NSR to participate. Details.

April 17, 2012

Paving at Alley Complete, Campground Open. Round Spring Campground remains closed. Details.

April 4, 2012

Old Fashioned Spelling Bee held at park. Details.

April 4, 2012

Ozark Riverways Employees recognized with length of service awards. Details

March 28, 2012

Devils Well stairs (only) closed for repairs. Picnic area and trail to river still open. Details.

March 16, 2012

Alley and Round Spring Campgrounds to be closed for paving. Details.

March 5, 2012

Ozark Riverways contributes $63 Million to local economy. Details.

Riverways Record, February 2012 Issue

February 24, 2012

Park announces Special Events for the coming year. Details.

February 15, 2012
Park recognizes employees.

February 10, 2012

Park plans prescribed burns, February - April. Details.

February 7, 2012

Raftyard access closed for repairs until May 4, 2012 to build improved stairway. Details.

February 1, 2012

"Owl Prowl" set for February 4 at Alley, 5:30 pm. Details

Riverways Record January 2012 Issue

January 17, 2012 Bill Black named "Acting" Superintendent. Details.

December 20, 2011

Owl Walk to be held January 7 at Alley at 5:00 pm. Details.

December 20, 2011

There was a lot of fun and holiday cheer at the park's Christmas celebrations. Details.

November 23, 2011

Old Fashioned Christmas to be held at Alley General Store. 10:00 - 12:00 everyone welcome to come and make old fashioned Christmas ornaments, enjoy cider, hot chocolate and cookies. FREE. Details.

November 22, 2011

Public input invited on plan to build a trail to Bat Cave and also build a hoist. Details.

November 22, 2011

Superintendent Reed Detring retiring from Ozark Riverways. Details.

November 16, 2011

Park Visitor Contact Center in Van Buren to be closed weekends and holidays. Details.

November 7, 2011

Prescribed burn scheduled for Alley. Details.

September 22, 2011

Enjoy the wonders of the night sky with astronomers from the St Louis Astronomical Society. October 1 at 8:00 pm at Akers Ferry, meet at the store. Details.

September 12, 2011

The Ozark past comes to life during the annual "Haunting in the Hills," a two-day event on Oct. 8-9, 2011, at Alley Spring. The FREE event features folkway demonstrations, re-enactments, and hands-on activities. Details. [657 kb PDF]

September 9, 2011

Learn all about woodworking and the history of that useful tool the plane at our workshop, September 24, at park headquarters in Van Buren. Details.

August 23, 2011

Paving Projects at Alley and Round Spring Campgrounds cause closure from Sept 6 to November 18, 2011. Details.

July 25, 2011

Public Input Sought Regarding Akers Concessionaire Land Assignment. Details.

July 15, 2011

"Ozark Dinner Theater" to be held at Big Spring July 23. Details.

July 15, 2011

Sinking Creek Gravel Bar is now open. Details.

June 20, 2011

Camping Clinic for Beginners to be held at Akers. Details.

June 19, 2011

Free Canoe and Kayak Clinics to be held at Round Spring in July. Details.

June 18, 2011

Alley Spring to Host Independence Day Event. Details.

June 6, 2011

Bill Staines to Present Free Concert at Big Spring June 14, 2011 at 7:30. Details.

June 3, 2011

Ozark Heritage Days to be Held June 10 & 11, at Big Spring. Details.

June 2, 2011

Local Machinist Recognized for Volunteer Repair of Alley Mill. Details.

June 2, 2011

Dr James Price Retires after Eleven Years at Park. Details.

May 20, 2011

Many Areas Around Big Spring Re-Opened. Details.

May 17,2011

Superintendent Reed Detring Recognized for 35 years of Service. Details.

May 13, 2011

Major River Obstruction Removed, More Areas Opened. Details.

May 12, 2011

Park Recovering After Major Flood, Clean-up Continues. Details

May 11, 2011

Large Excavator Arrives to Assist in Removing Debris, More Areas Opened. Details.

May 10, 2011

Jacks Fork River is Closed Between Alley and Keatons. Details.

May 9, 2011

Park opens more areas after major flooding. Details.

May 6, 2011

Widespread flooding closes many park facilities and river. List of open and closed facilities. More

May 3, 2011

Basketweaving Demonstration at Park Headquarters in Van Buren, May 7. More.

April 21, 2011

Alley Mill Grand Opening. More.

April 21, 2011

Ozark NSR Announces Spring Facilities Open. More.

April 21, 2011

Stars in the Park - Akers Stargazing. More.

February 15, 2011

Ozark NSR plans to conduct prescribed burns. More.

February 10, 2011

The Nature Conservancy protects Current River land. Details.

February 10, 2011

Basketry techniques to be demonstrated at park headquarters on February 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. More.

February 8, 2011

Public input sought on the development of an Exotic Plant Management Plan and Environmental Analysis. Details.

January 4, 2011

Owl Prowl to be held January 22 at Alley at 5:30 pm. Details.

January 3, 2011

Public input requested on building of new radio tower. More.

December 8, 2010

Enjoy an Old Fashioned Ozark Christmas at the Alley general Store, December 11 from 10:00 - noon. More.

November 30, 2010

Long time park employee Bryan Culpepper passed away Thanksgiving morning. More.

November 09, 2010

There are lots of things to do around the park this fall, but be careful of increased fire danger. More.

November 09, 2010

Dry conditions make for hazardous camping conditions. More.

October 21, 2010

Chief Ranger Greg Moss retires after 32 years. More.

October 19, 2010

Van Buren High School Students plant trees. Forty four students from the Van Buren High School Science Club planted several hundred trees to help stabilize and revegetate a river landing. More.

August 12, 2010

Public Input Sought on Rehabilitation of Welch Primitive Camping Area and NPS Road 2-3010. More details.

May 14, 2010

Park Closes All Caves except Round Spring Caverns due to Bat Disease. A case of White Nose Syndrome, a disease that kills bats has been discovered in Shannon County. The park has closed all caves to visitation to protect bats. Round Spring Caverns to remain open. More.

May 14, 2010

Alley Spring Campground Road Resurfacing Project Cancelled.

Due to a lack of bids, the resurfacing project that had been annouced earlier has been cancelled.

April 22, 2010

Civil War and Period Woodworking Demonstration to be held at Big Spring May 1. Enjoy a Civil War encampment and learn the many "support" skills that were needed to keep the Army moving and fighting.

March 31, 2010

ONSR Holds Stakeholder Meeting. Ozark National Scenic Riverways (ONSR) held a stakeholder workshop for the purpose of bringing together representatives of different interest groups for some frank discussion and creative thinking about the park's future management. The information gathered at the workshop will be used, along with all the public comments received, to assist the National Park Service (NPS) as it reviews the preliminary alternatives for possible revision and selects a preferred alternative for the Draft General Management Plan (GMP). The GMP is the guiding document that will steer the management of the park for the next 20 years and more, providing direction to the current and future administrations of the park. The final report for the stakeholder workshop is now available online on the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website. To access the PEPC website in order to review the report visit: www.parkplanning.nps.gov/ozar.

March 5, 2010

Ozark NSR Prepares for Modifications in Alley Spring Campground

February 22, 2010

Firearms Now Permitted In Ozark Riverways a new law allows firearms in the park if otherwise permitted under state law, except in buildings. Firearms may not be discharged except in the legal pursuit of game.

February 11, 2010

Ozark Riverways Plans to Conduct Prescribed Burns

January 13, 2010

General Management Plan Comments Available Online

Due to the high level of interest in the Draft General Management Plan (GMP) for Ozark National Scenic Riverways the National Park Service (NPS) has made several documents available for public review. The GMP is the guiding document that will steer the management of the park for the next 20 years and more, providing direction to the current and future administrations of the park.

The NPS received a tremendous response to the preliminary alternatives for the GMP. The turnout at the five June 2009 open houses was very large and a high volume of written comments was submitted. Due to that volume, it has taken a while to read all of the comments, put them into the Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) database, and prepare a summary for the public. Several documents have been developed that summarize the public comments received to date. To access the PEPC website in order to review these documents visit: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/ Select Ozark NSR from the dropdown menu, then "General Management Plan" from the list of current projects, and then "Document List".

Given the variety of concerns and suggestions from the public, the NPS will be doing additional work in 2010 and 2011 to revise and refine the planning alternatives and develop the agency's preferred alternative. Included in this process will be work to better understand the impacts of these alternatives on the natural, cultural, social, and economic environment of the national riverways. The park will also be seeking funding to complete studies in the areas of social and natural science to support agency decisions.

The revised alternatives, including the NPS preferred alternative, will be presented in a printed Draft General Management Plan/Wilderness Study/Environmental Impact Statement. Upon release of this document, there will be an extensive public review and comment period. The NPS Midwest Regional Director will not approve a final management plan until all comments on the draft plan are reviewed and considered.

November 17, 2009

Shawnee Creek Campground Road Closed. The road to Shawnee Creek Campground has been closed to vehicle traffic. The road suffered extensive damage from the late October flooding and is unsafe for travel. The campground remains open to walk in and float in campers. Repair work will be extensive and the dates for final completion are undetermined.

October 13, 2009

Split and Whittle Workshop Announced. Join us at Park Headquarters in Van Buren on November 7 from 9:00 to 4:00 for a look at old time tools.

August 17, 2009

General Management Plan Comment Period Extended. The comment period has been extended through September 11.

June 18, 2009

General Management Plan Public Meetings Announced. Several public meetings will be held around Missouri to receive public comments about future plans for the park.

June 8, 2009

Ozark Heritage Days This Weekend at Big Spring. Enjoy a look at Ozark heritage, crafts and lifeways from an earlier time.

May 11, 2009

Park Recovers from Major Storm. Two tornadoes hit the park and surrounding area on May 8.

April 27, 2009

ONSR Receives Recovery Act Funding. The park has received $2 million in "Stimulus Funds" to improve services and increase jobs.

April 14, 2009

Welch Lodge Input Needed. The park seeks your input on the future of the Welch Lodge.

April 9, 2009

Chilton Creek Boat Launch Plans Available for Public Comment. Public input is invited on plans for the Chilton Creek area. Click for details.

April 9, 2009

Get Wild at Junior Ranger Day! April 25 at Round Spring. Lots of activities for children of all ages. Click for details.

March 24, 2009

Superintendent's Spring Message

March 24, 2009

General Management Plan Meetings Announced. Schedule of dates and locations for public meetings to comment on park planning issues.

January 8, 2009

Ozark National Scenic Riverways is now accepting applications for Commercial Use Agreements (CUAs) with horseback riding service providers. Click for details.

April 9, 2008

Reed Detring will become Ozark Riverways' new superintendent. Missouri native will join park in June. Click for details.

March 21, 2008

Ozark NSR Recovering from Major Flood. Park rangers rescue several people, park facilities damaged. Click for details.

March 7, 2008

Alley Mill featured on NPS Passport Stamp. Local photographer Dave Dawson's image of the mill will be featured on the Midwest Region's passport stamp. Click for details.

October 18, 2007

Volunteer Horse Patrol Marks First Year click for details

September 26, 2007

Pulltite Visitor Contact Facility Environmental Assessment Available for Public Review click for details

September 12, 2007

Chilton Creek Boat Launch Proposed

The Park Service is looking for public comments on a project to construct a boat launch and parking area near Chilton Creek. Click above for more information.

August 30, 2007

Approval Given for Flying W Work Click for details.

March 14, 2007

Controlling Rowdiness on the Rivers

Drug and alcohol laws to be strictly enforced, kegs, "jello shots" and beer bongs outlawed. Click above for details.

January 17, 2007

Deer Study at Big Spring

December 14, 2006

Changes to Shelter Reservations

Now make them online at www.reserveusa.com

November 9, 2005

Russ Runge Named Deputy Superintendent

October 25, 2006

Regulations on Weapons in Ozark Riverways

October 25, 2006

Foam-type Coolers No Longer Permitted on Rivers

Bait containers still okay

September 27, 2006

ATV Rules Within Ozark Riverways

Only allowed on legal roads, no off-road use.

September 27, 2006

Big Spring Walkway Construction

August 29, 2006

Public Meeting September 7, Contamination in the Jacks Fork

A public meeting was held to present the results of a study on water quality on the Jacks Fork. To read the news report, click above, to read the actual study, click here.

August 29, 2006

Ozark National Scenic Riverways Hosts Public Open House Meetings The National Park Service held a series of public open house meetings for the Ozark National Scenic Riverways general management plan (GMP) and wilderness study from September 18 through September 22. . For more information on the GMP and the wilderness study, please click here.

August 3, 2006

Rangers Threatened, Grand Jury Indictes

April 26, 2006

Environmental Assessment for Broadfoot and Shawnee Staging Areas available

The National Park Service (NPS) seeks your review and comments on the "Environmental Assessment for Broadfoot and Shawnee Staging Areas."

Did You Know?

Canoers at Ozark Riverways

About 1.5 million people come to Missouri's Ozark National Scenic Riverways each year. Most come to canoe, but many also enjoy hiking, horseback riding, camping and fishing. More at www.nps.gov/ozar More...